FREE 2nd Thursday Every Month
Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, California 91103
When news of the refugee exodus from the civil war in Syria first emerged, local filmmaker Elias Matar felt compelled to help. So in September of last year, he joined other international volunteers in assisting the refugees on their treacherous journey north. As a Syrian-American born in California, and having spent 15 years living in Syria, Elias felt a personal connection to the refugees, and was committed to documenting their remarkable stories of survival and determination. The result of this labor of love is the documentary Flight of the Refugees, which Conscientious Projector will screen on Thursday, February 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Matar’s dramatic, emotionally moving account stands in striking counterpoint to the pernicious political meme that all Syrian refugees must be refused entry to the United States to protect Americans against terrorism. On the contrary, the film presents a vivid case that they should be welcomed with compassion.
Filmmaker Elias Matar joins us for a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
Conscientious Projector’s feature documentary this month examines the plight of workers in the food service industry. The Hand That Feeds screens on Thursday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Filmmakers Rachel Blears and Robin Blotnick’s dramatic and inspiring film tells the story of undocumented workers at a popular Upper East Side New York City café/bakery who endure sub-legal wages, abusive managers and unsafe working conditions. Then one of them persuades a small group of his co-workers to join him in fighting back. Risking deportation, a lockout, and the loss of their livelihood, they band together, and with the help of an innovative team of young organizers, form their own independent union. Their struggle tests the limits of their resolve as they attempt to win dignity, justice, and a contract that could set an historic precedent for low-wage workers in the U.S.
Our community discussion will feature workers and organizers from the Pasadenans for a Livable Wage (PLW) campaign. The event is co-sponsored by All Saints Church’s Economic Justice & Nonviolence Working Group. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. To learn more about PLW, check out pasadenafor15.org .
“What if global warming isn’t only a crisis? What if it’s the best chance we are ever going to get to build a better world?” So asks renowned author and social activist Naomi Klein in the new breakthrough documentary This Changes Everything, based on her eponymous best-seller. All Saints Church hosts a free screening of the Avi Lewis-directed film on Sunday, December 13, 2:30 p.m. in the Forum.
In both book and film, Klein argues persuasively that our broken capitalist system and its dependence on unlimited economic growth, reckless plunder of the natural world, and profligate consumption are as much responsible for climate change as carbon emissions. But she is also convinced that this existential crisis presents an unprecedented opportunity to reshape our world: to limit corporate power, move away from fossil fuels, foster local communities and reclaim democracy, efforts already under way with promising results in many parts of the globe
As Klein has said, “Climate change is a civilizational wake-up call. Confronting it is no longer about changing light bulbs. It’s about changing the world–before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe.”
Erik Conway, co-author with Naomi Oreskes of The Collapse of Western Civilization and Merchants of Doubt, will be the featured panelist in a community discussion moderated by Rev. Dr. Timothy Murphy, Executive Director of Progressive Christians Uniting. Admission is free.
Please join us for what should be a most compelling event gathering friends from various local climate and sustainability groups dedicated to helping mend the fabric of life on Earth.
Ever wonder what inequities lurk behind the glamour and artistry of the fashion industry, how workers are faring in the global garment supply chain, or why clothing prices have dropped in a new era of “fast fashion?” Conscientious Projector joins with VisionLA Fest ’15 to answer these questions and more as we present the newly-released documentary The True Cost on Thursday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts.
Director Andrew Morgan and producer Michael Ross take us to countries around the world to show how the human and environmental costs of manufacturing our clothes have risen dramatically. Their cinematic call to action vividly illustrates that this is an industry in need of a justice makeover. Morgan has said, “Clothing is the most labor-dependent industry in the world, employing millions of the world’s poorest workers, many of which are women. Many of these women are paid less than a living wage, work in unsafe conditions, and are deprived of basic human rights.”
A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. To learn more about the climate action arts festival VisionLA Fest, check out visionlafest.org.
Conscientious Projector examines the history and effects of consumer capitalism on American life, economy and the environment with a screening of Consumerism & the Limits to Imagination on Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. The Media Education Foundation production is based on the latest critically acclaimed book by media scholar Justin Lewis, who delivers a compelling illustrated case that unlimited economic growth has become unsustainable and no longer meets its longstanding promise of enhancing quality of life here and around the world.
A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
With immigration already a lightning rod issue in the 2016 presidential election campaign, it is important to examine the historical and economic factors driving northward migration and separate truth from misinformation in our public discourse. Conscientious Projector takes part in National Hispanic Heritage Month with a screening of Harvest of Empire on Thursday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts.
Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist andDemocracy Now! co-host Juan González, the lauded Onyx Films documentary traces the U.S. wars for territorial expansion, covert actions imposing military dictatorships and corporate strongholds in Latin America, and contemporary government and trade policies exacerbating poverty among the region’s indigenous peoples. Featuring moving personal stories of present-day migrants and their significant contributions to our society.
Pasadena community organizer Brian Biery will be joined by local immigration activists in an audience discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
The surge in recent years of extreme weather events linked to climate change is unprecedented in our lifetime. Canadian filmmaker Melanie Wood captures this alarming trend in her important new documentary, Weather Gone Wild, this month’s Conscientious Projector feature screening on Thursday, September 10, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. The Dreamfilm Productions project for CBC-TV visits various cities around the world to highlight the many vital and winning efforts to adapt to the damage that climate change has already wrought and to prepare for destructive patterns yet to come. The program will also include two short films on the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a national grassroots advocacy organization, which has made significant inroads in legislation, activism and education to effect change and raise public awareness on climate realities.
Robert Haw of the Pasadena-Foothills CCL chapter facilitates a community discussion following the films. Other local climate scientists and activists dedicated to making significant climate policy change will also be in attendance. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.